A young Orthodox Christian was staying at one of the monasteries on Mt Athos. He was not able to accept the necessity of confession, so the monk he was talking to suggested they go and talk to Elder Paisios, a holy monk who lived in a Kalyva not far from the monastery. When they arrived, Elder Paisios was in the garden doing some weeding. When they asked him what he was doing he said he was “confessing” his garden. By digging in the soil and removing the weeds while they were still small and had not yet developed deep roots, it enabled his garden to flourish. If he did not “confess” his garden regularly and the weeds were able to become established, then it took a lot more effort to remove them and much more care needed to be taken to avoid causing damage to the plants that belonged in the garden in he process.
Without even having a chance to ask his question of the elder, the young man received the answer he needed to hear, and after receiving the elder’s blessing they returned to the monastery.
I know this isn’t what you were asking but I thought you might appreciate it nonetheless. I’d say Elder Paisios was familiar with the same Church Father which you seek.